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Meaning of noun by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Anglo-Norman noun, non, nom, from Latin nōmen ( “name” ) .


    • ( UK, US ) IPA: /naʊn/, X-SAMPA: /naUn/
    • ( Southern US English ): IPA: /næːn/
    • Rhymes: -aʊn


    noun ( plural: nouns )

    1. ( grammar ) A word that can be used to refer to a person, animal, place, thing, phenomenon, substance, quality, or idea; one of the basic parts of speech in many languages, including English .

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    noun ( third-person singular simple present nouns present participle nouning, simple past and past participle nouned )

    1. ( transitive ) To convert a word to a noun.


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Definition of noun by GCIDE Dictionary


  1. Noun ( noun ), n. [OF. noun, nun, num, non, nom, F. nom, fr. L. nomen name. See Name.] ( Gram. ) A word used as the designation or appellation of a creature or thing, existing in fact or in thought; a substantive.

    ☞ By some grammarians the term noun is so used as to include adjectives, as being descriptive; but in general it is limited to substantives.